“Once I’ve put my bag on my own peg, it is ‘Mōrena Everyone’ and I look around to see my friends doing their favourite things like playdough, dancing, painting, cars and reptiles. I usually choose the cars to play with. Once everyone is here, we have whānau time, read books together or sing songs and learn phonics. Usually someone’s parent stays for the day and we all get to say good morning to them. Then we talk about the plan for the day and then for me it’s straight out to the playground because I love being outside!
Outside there is lots of space to run, swing from the monkey bars, zoom around the bike track and on sunny days, we even get the hose out to make a big pond in the sandpit.
We always say karakia and wash our hands before morning tea and then we all sit down together. The teachers have got this cool tool that turns our apples curly wurly! Mmm, curly wurly apples are taaaasty.
My teachers ask me what I would like to do, so sometimes we end up in the garden or my friends and I might dress up and do a performance together on the big stage. If I’m a bit tired I like snuggling into the couch and reading books.
When I was younger I went home before lunch but now that I am older I stay until 3.30 with the other children We help set the tables and then eat our lunch together.
In the afternoon the teachers help us with special projects. Sometimes we look on YouTube to find out about what we’re doing and then we come up with our own plan. I’ve made cushions, planted sunflowers, sewed a shape and made pizza! We have so much fun, I love 3 o’clock days".
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